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Year of Creative Youth will empower artistic Chicago students

By Peter Winslow The City of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) and Mayor Rahm Emanuel have dubbed 2018 the Year of Creative Youth. The City will invest more than $2 million to support artistic work of creative youth, provide performance stipends for City of Chicago festivals and partner events, and fund […]


West Loop seeks transportation infrastructure improvements

By Eva Hofmann At a town hall meeting on November 20, West Loop and West Side citizens and business owners called upon Congressman Danny Davis, Mayor Rahm Emanuel, and other officials to bring massive government investment to the West Loop and West Side in 2018 totaling at least $225 million. The meeting focused on the […]


Bernie Wong, Esther Wong benefitted Chinatown community through CASL

By Susan Fong By responding to the needs of the Chicago’s Chinese American residents, the Chinese American Service League (CASL) gained a positive reputation for helping families within Chinatown and forming partnerships within the city and beyond. Two longtime leaders of CASL, President Bernarda “Bernie” Wong and Executive Director Esther Wong, have retired after working […]


PFAC union concerned about changes underway at Columbia College Chicago

By Jessica Villagomez The Columbia College Chicago part-time faculty members’ union known as the Part-Time Faculty Association Columbia College Chicago (PFAC), an organization that advocates for part-time faculty members across the university, has partnered with students in an effort they are calling “Save Columbia.” According to a PFAC flyer released to advertise a student and […]


Pilsen Alliance disavows S.K.Y. confrontation; meeting follows

By Patrick Butler Several weeks after protesters from a group called ChiResists held a protest march outside S.K.Y., a new “white tablecloth” eatery at 1239 W. 18th St., the Illinois Humanities group held what organizers hope will be the first of an ongoing series of conversations on how the community and new businesses coming into […]


Vandals damage Holy Family window; five other churches hit

By Susan S. Stevens Christmas joy was tempered by sadness at six houses of worship hit in December by vandals and would-be thieves: Holy Family, Old St. Patrick’s, St. Francis of Assisi, St. Pius, St. Procopius, and St. Adalbert churches. “It reminds us to always be forgiving and understand people are coming from other places,” […]


Innovation center proposed for South Loop, will create partnership among universities

By Rick Romano While a specific site plan remains a year away, a recently announced proposal to convert a long-abandoned rail yard in South Loop into an innovation center may transform the South Loop and surrounding area, the city, and the state while creating and strengthening partnerships among several universities. Governor Bruce Rauner and University […]


LICNA may take city to court over Roosevelt Square

A community organization wants the courts to delay construction of a new Roosevelt Square project…


Plan for $95 million police and fire academy moves forward

By Madeline Makoul In an effort to improve training and promote economic development, the City is moving forward with a plan for a new $95 million combined police and fire training academy. The new Police Safety Training Academy, proposed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel, has been a longstanding goal for the mayor, said  Anthony Guglielmi, chief […]


Chinatown community members discuss new tax at City Hall

By Madeline Makoul The City Council Committee on Finance on Nov. 8 held a public hearing, allowing Chinatown residents to speak in support of or opposition to a new tax on the community. After months of debate, Chinatown residents and business owners gathered at City Hall to discuss implementing a Special Service Area (SSA) in […]


UIC men’s soccer team wins Horizon League title

The University of Illinois at Chicago Flames men’s soccer team claimed its second consecutive Horizon League tournament championship on Nov. 11 with a 2-0 win over Green Bay at Flames Field. “Since I’ve been here we have not won consecutive tournament championships before, and I’ve been here nearly 15 years,” said Coach Sean Phillips. “I […]


Two new sports facilities to benefit the Near South and West Haven communities

The city’s Near South and West Haven communities are about to enjoy and play host to the sporting life in brand new ways.